KCW~ Sewing Plans and First Makes!

 

This week  I’m  focused on sewing for my kids for KCW-Summer (Kids Clothes Week if you haven’t heard of it).  I have a long list of projects that I keep putting off  that really need to get done so the timing is perfect.  I have my projects all cut out and ready to go.  I spent the day Sunday prepping all my patterns, tracings and fabric and generally organizing my sewing space. Now I can just focus on enjoying the sewing hassle free this week during nap/quiet time.  Big thanks to Sew Modern fabrics- their shipping is awesome less than 3 days to get my fabric in the mail and such lovely choices-so I’m all set to sew.

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

My sewing list for the week:

  • Blouse R, Girls Style Book – with added front pleats- for Ami size 3 {DONE!}
  • KID Pants, MADE- altered to Capri’s and sized up- for Ami {DONE!}
  • Cosi Swimsuit, Sew Pony , Views G & D- for Ami size 3
  • Skater, Kitschy Coo, altered to Boys Rashguard-for Nigel size 7-8Y
  • Swim Trunks, McCalls 6548-for Nigel size 6
  • Yoga pants, Jalie 3022-for Ami size 3
  • Backpack, McCalls 6410 (British/Nautical theme)-for Nigel

Not sure I’ll get to everything but It’s worth a try.  I’m not going to drive myself crazy with posting every day this go around, especially with the kids home all day.   I’ll just be posting today and maybe at the end of the week.

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

So without further ado here’s what I’ve made the past two days- a complete super adorable look for Amelie. I  LOVE this fabric from Sew Modern!  The little girl having a tea party with the forest animals is just too cute!

Both Birch Organics: Teagan White-Fort Firefly – Field Party &  Emily Isabella – Yay Day – Grassy Meadow

  

The blouse(R) from Girl’s Style Book, went together very quickly.  I first altered my pattern to add two tucks to each side of the button placket.  I slashed and spread- super easy- and really like the effect.  I used french seams throughout and bound my neck and sleeves with some cute ribbon I won from Pattern Postie, keeping everything on the interior enclosed and soft to the skin. Reminder to self- don’t blindly follow the instructions!  They had you finish the side seams and then do a double fold over for the sleeves.  Since I used french seams it was just a pain in the neck.  My solution was to bind again with ribbon leaving two tails at the end and securing them on the outside with a stitched triangle.  It made them extra secure and kept the angle of the sleeve looking great. Ami picked out the sparkly pink  buttons-Every time we go to the fabric store she picks out a set- my way to make sure outfits get worn!   I’m amazed at the improvement in my sewing in just the past year.  This make is so much more professional looking!

The Capri’s are based of my Go-To pant pattern for the kids from MADE.  This pattern is easy to grade up to fit for both my kids  and I love the added pockets! Lots of options on her blog to customize the pattern too!  I shortened these to a Capri length and used my madder dyed fabric remnants from my Centauree Dress to make the pockets.  I topstitched in a teal color a little border of tulips which I knew Amelie would love.  These were a quick sew, mostly on the serger, but taking care to press constantly and topstitch.  I added a strip of ribbon again to the front waist interior where the pockets overlap to keep it nice and soft.

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

 Detail Shots:

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

Ami was so excited to head out and take pictures.  She loves to pose!  The pics below she was telling me a story about purple flowers and silver rocks.  She has such awesome facial expressions when she’s telling a story, complete with lots of hand gestures, she just cracks me up!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

Hoping the rest of my sewing goes as well this week.  This look was a big hit!  Happy Sewing!

 

Crossover Top & Flared Skirt-Monosewn

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

I love the monthly challenges over at TMS, they’re great for charging up my creativity and making me think outside of my comfort zone. This month was a big challenge for me. July is Mono Sewn-sewing in black & white- over at The Monthly Stitch.  My vote for the month’s challenge was “Inspired By” so I wanted to incorporate that aspect into the look I made as well.

While I love to wear white I’ve really avoided wearing any black at all since moving to Florida. Living up north in NJ and NY it was my go to color-or lack thereof.  I had quite the monochromatic wardrobe going at one point in NYC, with a full array of LBD’s, but once I moved south that look just didn’t cut it.  I ditched a good portion of my wardrobe and started over.   My style changed drastically as I started wearing lots of white and lots of color.  The weather was a big factor as most of my look up north was about layering and staying warm, not something I ever have to worry about in SWFL.

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

I wanted to create a complete look and started compiling my ideas on Pinterest, my board is linked below, and shows my fabrics, pattern and inspiration.  I waited for some good fabric deals and found some awesome prices on Marcy Tilton’s site.  If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know I’m a big fan. Since I don’t wear this color combo often- and I was trying out new patterns- I didn’t want to spend as much.  The Vivian pin dot cotton was one of the Buy’s of the Week so I scooped up 2 yds and I fell in love with this cotton double gauze Black and White Check Japanese fabric and snagged a yard from the End Cut sale section on her site.  I love the color variation in the check and knew it would be perfect.

Marcy Tilton fabric for MonoSewn at TMS

 

Checked In Japanese Double Gauze

Vivian Pin Dot Cotton, Marcy Tilton

The top is self drafted based off of Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank.  I used the front bodice, shortening the bodice darts, redrawing the neckline and cutting off some length and then redrafted the back completely with a crossover piece.  I’ve made a similar style top for my little girl ages ago so this came together pretty easily.  I love the shape but I still need to work on the fit.  This was just a tad too big.  I originally was going to make it more cropped but decided  I wanted to maximise the fabric I had to really show it off.  I love the fade to grey and brushwork at the bottom.

I bound the whole piece with bias-and left an edge showing- cut from a black dress shirt my dad gave me after he tore out an elbow in it.  I saved all the button & buttonhole facings in strips, the collar and cuffs and cut the rest to use as bias. I love how the black really sets off the print.  What’s great is that this top actually pairs really well with my other makes.

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

 

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

The skirt I adore!  It’s Burda 05/2012 Flared Skirt in a size 40.   I knew this was the one as soon as I saw the pattern pics- the flared skirt and the high waist is really flattering.  I’m really proud of this make too.  All my seams are french and I really took my time with the construction.  I love the welt pockets-especially in the contrast fabric- and the shape is divine with all the waist seams and darts.

For this make I used the same fabric from my top for the interior pockets and welts and the skirt button facing is the button down section of the dress shirt from my dad. My skirt ended up a tad too tight so I was so happy I had this to work with.  The skirt pattern actually calls for 2 and 3/8 yds but I only had 2 to work with.  Luckily my fabric was nice and wide so with some creative cutting I got everything on.  I followed the instructions which were ok until I got to the waistband.  They just weren’t making sense so I added my own facing to finish it off, cut to fit from the shirt material.

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

 

The skirt is a bit sheer but easy to wear with a simple slip.  It’s so light and airy- I feel like it just floats!  Perfect for spinning & dancing with the kids.

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

I’m already thinking about making another with my shibori shell wrapped fabric.  I think the heavier fabric will work even better.  Next time around the only change I’ll make is to widen the pockets by at least 2 inches.  I had already added a few inches to the depth but they are still just too skinny.  I can fit my hands but just barely.  That should also help to make the skirt a little looser in the waist which is just a smidge too tight.

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

Love this look!  It looks fabulous with the black halter I wore in the later pics too.  My sis gave me this top from White House Black Market that fits like a glove-so comfy and supportive.   I’ve been meaning to make a copy of it since I love the shape.  I never thought it would get worn but it’s perfect with this skirt. Glad this challenge got me to try something new :)

http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/flared-skirt-052012

Summer Sewing Plans

Marcy Tilton fabric for MonoSewn at TMS

It’s been a busy summer with both kids home all day and tons of family visiting.  I’m a bit amazed by how much sewing I’ve accomplished lately!  I thought I better plan out my makes for the rest of the summer  since my fabric and pattern stash has grown quite a bit lately.  The weather tends to stay warm here until way past December so I’ll be wearing these looks almost all year-long.  Hopefully this list will help keep me organized!

  • Marcy Tilton Shingle Dress V8904 using Bobby Blues Knit.  I made this for the 4th of July, pics coming soon!  Best dress ever!  So comfy-plus I made it breastfeeding friendly :)

    V8904 Marcy Tilton


Bobby Blues Stripe Knit

  • A look for July’s MonoSewn Challenge over at The Monthly Stitch using  two fabrics  from Marcy Tilton, but I’m not decided on a pattern yet.

Marcy Tilton fabric for MonoSewn at TMS

 

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Vivian Pin Dot Cotton

 

  • Lekala Summer Pants 4024 (I won 5 awesome patterns from TMS and Lekala for the Franken Indie contest.) Making these out of the coolest sheer print curtain(all cut out!) possibly for Oonapalooza?

 

Lekala 4024

Sheer Curtain

Sheer curtain

  • A rashguard and swim skirt/shorts with Lekala 4199 using Rockywoods UPF 50 White & Heather Turquoise.

Lekala 4199

Sunscreen50 Heather Turquoise

 

  •  Swim makes for the kids, using some of the fabrics above plus A skull print for Nigel’s board shorts from The Fabric Fairy and Sunscreen50 in Heather Fuchsia for a tankini/rashy for Ami.

 

  • Sunscreen50 Heather FuchsiaFabric fairy Skull Print boardshort material
  • Finish off my Burda 5/2011 Drawstring pants (I’m making them wide legs, earlier version here) with Vanilla Stripe Linen from Marcy Tilton.

Vanilla Stripe Linen

 

  • Make something with my Shibori Shell Wrapped Fabric dyed in madder and overdyed in hibiscus and henna.  Some pattern options are shown below, Colette Hawthorn (first make here), Lekala 5899 & V1883 Donna Karan wrap dress.  I’d love a second opinion so please comment on which pattern you like best- or another pattern you think would look cool with this fabric!

Colette Hawthorn

Lekala 5899

V1384 Donna Karan

 

  • Yoga pants for Ami & me using Jalie 3022 and a knit dress using Salme 131. ( I won both patterns from TMS, Salme and Pattern Postie for the Dresses contest!)  I need to buy some more knits :)

Jalie 3022 Yoga Pants

 

Salme 151 V-Neck Cap Sleeve Dress

 

Below you’ll find my Spring/Summer Sewing Pinterest Board.  Follow me on Pinterest to see more :)  Happy Summer Sewing!

Chambray & Linen

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

This look all started with the fabric. I bought this amazing striped Chambray (sadly out of stock) and Vanilla Striped Linen(below) from Marcy Tilton that was part of my Mother’s Day gift from my husband and the kids. I love her fabric selection, so many amazing fabrics and some great weekly deals!   I was originally planning on making some Capri’s with the chambray, but I decided I wanted to make something that would really show off the fabric to its best advantage.  I went with one of my favorite patterns, the Flared Wave Skirt from Shape Shape.

I love the way this pattern is shaped to curve around the body.  You can turn it to wear in many positions to see a slightly different direction of the grain.  I made this second version in a size large(you can view my first make here) with a simple enclosed button panel and a metal tab to keep it secure at the waist.  I actually had to cut my fabric in two pieces to make this work as my yardage was not quite wide enough to fit the full pattern.  I kept the seam as unobtrusive as possible with just a serged seam and used a flat felled seam for the main seam with the button placket.

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

So glad I made up this skirt pattern again since both skirts get tons of wear.  I love how both these pieces mix and match in my wardrobe (thanks to my wardrobe architect planning!) which is primarily blue and white with accents of coral, pink and lavender.

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

The top is Burda Square Neck Tank 131 in a straight size 40.  It’s a very simple strap tank with a contrast bottom band.  I had just enough chambray left for the contrast and straps to add to my white & tan linen.  The linen was left over from my second version of Burda’s drawstring Pants (not quite finished yet)  that I’m altering to add the width and shape of my favorite linen RTW pants.  I love that the top matches with both bottom’s and will mix and match with the rest of my outfits-It looks fabulous with my Navy Linen Capri’s too!  The only alteration I made was with the straps.  I cut them as one piece each and changed the placement in the back.

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

I also lined the main body of the top with the remnants of my organic double gauze  to keep the front of the blouse from being too sheer.

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Here I’m wearing my full Shape Shape look, with my flared wave chambray skirt + my white linen sleeveless scarf blouse.  I love these two pieces together.  So elegant and simple!

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

One of my favorite looks for the summer-plus so comfortable and easy to wear!  Happy Sewing!

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Vote for me-Deer & Doe Fan Girl

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It’s time for one last round of voting before Indie Pattern Month ends over at The Monthly Stitch!  And this is the ultimate contest for the month-Indie Fan Girl, where we made full on fan girl outfits out of our favorite Indie pattern designers collections.  My pick was Deer and Doe, a french pattern company with beautiful designs and a wonderful aesthetic.  Check out the full post for my Deer & Doe Fangirl look here!

Deer & Doe Fangirl- Centauree & Plantain

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and PlantainIMG_5576Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

Head over to The Monthly Stitch to cast your vote by clicking the button below.  Everyone gets one chance to vote before midnight July 5th (UTC), but you get to pick your top 3 favorites!  So head on over and check out all the amazing looks!

 

Time for me to start planning out next month’s challenge, MonoSewn!  Check out my pinterest inspiration board and let me know which look you like best!

Thanks for taking the time to vote!  And thanks so much to everyone who voted for my swimsuit in the last competition- Franken-Indie.  So excited to be one of the lucky winners-there were some amazing entries!  I love the 5 patterns I chose from Lekala as my prize, can’t wait to try them out!

 

Centauree & Plantain -Deer & Doe Fangirl

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

 

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

I’m so in love with Deer & Doe- definitely a Fangirl! The packaging and overall design are so beautiful- plus fabulous patterns and wonderful instructions in both French and English. I wasn’t originally planning on entering the Indie FanGirl Competition over at The Monthly Stitch.  I just wasn’t feeling inspired and couldn’t justify the expense of more patterns when I already own so many.  I looked at a ton of companies but couldn’t make up my mind.  Luckily my Deer and Doe Centauree dress was completed last week.  I just had to figure out if I could make a dress work with another piece since I was out of time to order another pattern.  I looked over the website and the only pattern available for download was the free Plantain Tee.  I couldn’t see that working immediately, until I saw another version made into a cardigan over on the blog addicts page-brainstorm!  I also was low on what fabric I had that would work with my madder dyed dress.  I found a knit dress in my closet that has never been worn since It was just way too tight- it’s gotta be a size 2 if that.  I must have been seriously delusional about how much baby weight I was going to lose when I bought it 3 years ago :)  But I had just enough material with some creative cutting to make the top.   While it doesn’t look much like the original the plantain is a fantastic base pattern which I know I’ll be using again!

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

My Materials:

Centauree Dress-

Deer & Doe Fangirl

Deer & Doe Fangirl- Bias tape Deer & Doe Fangirl-Bias tape

Plantain T-Shirt-

  • refashioned knit acrylic and nylon maxi dress (way too small!)
  •  coordinating thread

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

I had made up the dress bodice of the Centauree (translates as Knapweed which doesn’t have quite the same ring so I’m sticking to the French Version!) at the beginning of the month to test the fit for my swimsuit version, my Centauree-Ava, then took a break and came back to making the dress last week.  Originally I was planning to go for the full high-low hem even though I know my husband hates them-risky since this is meant for more of a date night dress since there is no easy breastfeeding access.  I sewed this up in my size, a 40.  The fit was spot on in the bust but afterwards I had to take in a good 2-3″ inches in the sides to get the fit right, so I  will probably go down a size next time.  I followed along on the blog for the sew-along which was so helpful.  The only trouble I had was with the invisible zipper, but I broke out my sewing tome and followed the instructions and now it’s a breeze to do!  I love this bodice shape and the straps are so cool.  I played around with the placement but ended up keeping them pretty simple.   After I was done I just found the high- low too dramatic, it touched the floor in the back, especially in the cotton.  In a silk or sheer I think it would be amazing. So I shortened the hem but still kept it a bit longer in back with that nice curved sweep.

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The fabric itself was shibori dyed in my last batch of madder. I posted more images to my facebook page if you want to take a look.   It was the end of the color in the dyepot- I had dyed some other pieces first so the color on this fabric was much lighter, pink instead of red.  I did a triangle fold pattern and worked a lot on placement when I was cutting out my fabric to make the most of the pattern. I think the dye really helps to make this dress special!

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Now onto my Plantain cardigan/Tshirt.  I had to use some very creative cutting to make this top.  My dress was quite tiny on top and though a maxi dress only had enough fabric for the short sleeve tee.  I had enough for that as is but I played with the lines in the knit to create an angled bottom.  I cut the bottom of the skirt into the front and back bodice and used the top for my sleeves.  I cut out the original sleeves and used a section of them for the new sleeves, as a band on the bottom to make it 3/4 length which I prefer. I cut the front shirt down the middle and added facings which were stitched down, which gives it a bit of weight. I was originally going to add buttons but it seemed pointless since I really won’t be buttoning this.  I also did a folded edge for my neckline much like I do with my lady skater.  Just a strip folded in half and attached with the serger to the neckline and then stitched down with a double needle.  I love the shape of this and the slight flare against the angled stripes.  I really wasn’t sure this top was going to cut it but I really love the shape.  This top is really practical here in Florida where it’s so hot out right now but freezing from excessive air-conditioning indoors.

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Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and PlantainIndie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

All in all I love my Fangirl look!  Check back next week when voting opens and please give my outfits your vote! I still can’t believe I completed a look for each weeks challenge.  My original goal was just entering one :)  I’m surprised how much sewing I’ve accomplished this summer already, especially with both kids home all day!  Right now I’m working on a knit navy stripe dress with Marcy Tilton’s shingle dress for the 4th of July and I just dyed some more fabric with a really cool seashell wrapping technique :) Happy Summer!

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

 

 

 

Beach Days

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Now that summer is in full effect here in Florida I’ve been sewing up a ton of beach looks.  We spend almost every weekend at the beach as a family (often from 8am to 2pm or longer) and the kids and I head to the beach to enjoy the water, collect seashells and play in the sand at least once during the week.  We gear up for the sun here.  That means rashguards, leggings, full brim hits, Badger sunscreen and our trusty Kelty sun tent for the beach!  That tent is amazing, just 2 foldable aluminum posts so its super lightweight & I can put it up by myself, but provides plenty of shade.  Ami’s favorite part of our beach excursions lately is nap time.  She passes out on the beach on a blanket for at least an hour or two giving mommy a lovely break!

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

This make was my first foray into swimwear. You may have seen some early versions during Me Made May when I wore them on vacation. I made these up in May but they still needed a few tweaks to get them blog ready. :) The top is self drafted based partly on one of my old Title Nine swimsuits by Carve Designs, but shortened to a mid length bikini top.  Originally this was a tankini top but I’m much more comfortable with my body lately and didn’t want as much coverage, especially since I’m usually wearing a rashguard on top.  The fabric is from The Fabric Fairy in this cool geometric print. I’m really happy with this for my first make, but I definitely have room for improvement.  What I love most are the straps on this!  The sides have a fold over piece that they fit through.  The first pair of bottoms I made were way too small so I based these one’s off Ohhh Lulu’s high waist Ava panties.  I just cut about 2″ off the waist and folded over my elastic  in the legs twice.  I still need to work on tweaking the fit of the bottoms for slightly more coverage in the back but these work fine for now.

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Kaleidoscope Nylon Lycra Swimsuit Fabric

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Beach Days, Sew PomonaThe next make is my beach skirt which is made from a pink and orange paisley knit  and some orange swimwear fabric, both remnants from Joann’s.  I used the Lady Skater pattern in my size, 4, from Kitschy Coo to draft the skirt, but I had to alter it a bit, adding two side panels on the front skirt since I didn’t have quite enough fabric.  I did a simple knit fold over waistband and serged the whole piece plus added topstitching.Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Beach Days, Sew PomonaLast up is my first rashguard (which does have matching bottoms, not pictured) made up in this awesome floral swimwear fabric I got from The Fabric Fairy, sadly out of stock.  I love the almost impressionist look of this floral.  I used the Lady Skater once again with the long sleeve bodice for this make. Such a versatile pattern!  You can see my dress version here :)  I want to get some nice soft UV material for any future rashguards.  This one functions fine but it’s not quite as comfy as some of my store-bought ones.Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

Beach Days, Sew Pomona

I have another swimsuit in the works using a beautiful antique paisley that you can see below!  I also just made up a cute purple leopard print swim outfit for my 6yo niece that I sewed up when she was here playing last week. Hopefully I’ll get some pics of that make to show off soon too.

Antique Paisley Nylon Lycra Swimsuit Fabric

 

Vote for Me- Franken-Indie Contest!

Centauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMS

Voting is up now over at The Monthly Stitch!  Once again you get to vote for three entries for this weeks Franken-Indie contest for Indie Pattern Month :)  This was my favorite challenge by far!  So please head over and vote for my make The Centauree~Ava Swimsuit!

 Click on the box below to vote:

 

My Centauree~Ava Swimsuit

Combining Deer & Doe’s Centauree Dress Bodice & Ohhh Lulu’s Ava High Waist PantiesCentauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMSCentauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMSCentauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMS

 

You can read more about my my Centauree~Ava swimsuit here!  One of my favorite makes-I’m so proud of this creation!  There are some awesome competitors this time around, I have so many great ideas for pattern combining after seeing some of these lovely ladies makes!  Thanks again and please head over to vote!

Centauree~Ava Swimsuit

Centauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMS

Centauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMS

This week’s contest for The Monthly Stitch is Franken-Indie!  This is the challenge I’ve been most excited for Indie pattern month.  I originally ordered Deer & Doe’s Robe Centauree pattern for the New to Me challenge but quickly realized it wouldn’t get here in time for me to do the dress justice.  Instead I started thinking up ways I could hack the pattern.  I had just ordered some lovely swimsuit material from The Fabric Fairy so a new swimsuit would be perfect.

Since my fav part of the Centauree Dress is the bodice-the design and cut is perfection- I thought I’d mix that with a bottom to make a one piece swimsuit.  The Ava high waist panties from Ohhh Lulu Sews were a perfect match.  I’ve been an admirer of Ohhh Lulu on Etsy for some time now but hadn’t tried out any of the patterns yet.  I love the almost boy cut of the panties and the high waist meant it would be easy to attach to my bodice.

Centauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMS

I started my dress version of the Centauree first- which is almost done now!- to make sure I had the fit of the bodice down before I tried to make this in a stretch material.  I cut the top in a size 40 and the fit was spot on. I decided to make the same size in my swim nylon/lycra blend since it would be easy to take in the sides to adjust the fit if needed.   This bodice was a dream to sew up.  The way the pattern shapes are drawn makes it so easy to match up all the lines and fit the piece together.  It’s really a well thought out and designed pattern.  Plus the packaging for Deer & Doe patterns is so lovely.  Beautiful envelope and two booklets inside with instructions in French & English plus links to the sew along on the blog!  The pattern itself is on a nice heavy weight paper as well making tracing easy.

Centauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMS

Materials and Notions:

Centauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMS

The Ava high waist panties are a PDF pattern with fabulous instructions and tons of pictures, perfect for me since I’m a visual learner.  The pattern was super simple to put together and a nice easy make, even if it’s your first time making lingerie.  For construction I used black thread in my machine with a zigzag stitch, I ended up doubling it around all the edged since i thought it looked nicer and was a bit more secure.  I attached my elastic first with the serger and then folded it over for topstitching.  My double needle broke right before I started on this so I went with the zigzag and like the effect close up

.  The straps are a folded over edge of the fabric cut slightly wider then my .elastic and then serged right sides together and then turned.  I used the idea of the bias edge from the dress pattern straps but needed the strength of the elastic.  The strap goes all the way around the back up the side bodice and then crosses to the back.  I played around with the strap placement quite a bit and really liked this position since it made the suit feel a bit more secure for swimming.  I also used a narrow zigzag stitch to top stitch the bodice and waist as well.Centauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMS

Here are some more images of the interior and construction:

Centauree ava Swimsuit Interior   Centauree Ava Swim, Franken Indie, TMS- Detail Interior

Centauree ava Swimsuit Interior

I LOVE this suit.  So glad I live in Florida so I have a great excuse to make up a ton of swimwear- it’s just so fun to put together!  This suit also performed great in the water.  Nice and supportive and I love how the silhouette looks a bit modern but also a bit retro.Centauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMS

I have some more swimsuits to show soon.  My makes from Me Made May are almost all fixed up and I have a new suit in the works with this awesome paisley print here so I’ll have another swim post up soon.  I love summer!  Happy sewing!Centauree~Ava swimsuit, Franken-Indie TMS

P.S.:  Thanks so much to everyone who voted!  I was one of the four lucky winners winning the Lekala prize pack-can’t wait to try my new patterns out!  Thanks again!

Vote for Me- Paisley Playsuit

Paisley playsuit New to Me Contest-Please Vote!

Voting is up over at The Monthly Stitch for Week 2′s “New To Me” Contest for Indie Pattern Month!  Go on over and check out all the fabulous makes!  My entry is my Paisley Playsuit from Salme Patterns that you can read more about here. Perfect beach outfit- I have a feeling I’ll be making a few more variations of this pattern! Paisley Salme Playsuit, TMS, Sew Pomona

So please vote for my look and check out all the amazing entries!   This time around you get to vote for 3 entries-how cool is that!  Head on over and vote by clicking the button below:

Thanks so much to everyone who voted for my last make for the Indie dresses contest, my lemon Drop maxi pictured here!   So happy to say it was one of the four winners! Yay!  :) Indie Dresses- Lemon Drop Maxi at Sew Pomona